New Zealand has emerged as a popular destination for Indian students, the country's high commissioner to India has said.
There was an increase of 83 percent in the number of student visas issued to Indians between January and July this year, compared to the same period last year, Grahame Morton said on Friday.
According to latest figures released by the state-run Education New Zealand (ENZ) department, first-time student visas issued to Indians for studying in that country shot up by a staggering 123 percent in 2014.
In 2013, 11,984 Indian students were studying in New Zealand, representing a 12-percent chunk of the international student population in that country.
This year, the first-time student visas shot up by 123 percent - or 4,195 between January and July - while the total student visas (first timers and renewals) increased by 83 percent, compared to the same period last year.
In the past 10 years, there has been a 700-percent increase in Indian students preferring to pursue academics in New Zealand.
Management and commerce (38 percent) were the top favourites among Indian students, followed by information technology (15 percent), engineering and health (10 percent each).